PawSox honor late Mondor with statue

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The Pawtucket Red Sox unveiled an impressive bronze statue of team owner Ben Mondor, who passed away on Oct. 3, 2010.

PawSox team president Mike Tamburro, Mondor's widow, Madeleine, and artist Carol "Tayo" Heuser were on hand Friday at McCoy Stadium to introduce the newest addition to Mondor Gardens.

"He was a special guy. He had a special impact on this state and touched a lot of lives and we wanted to honor that forever," Tamburro said.

Former PawSox and Red Sox players, along with local politicians and many close friends and family, attended the ceremony.

"He was one of my dearest friends and a close mentor of mine," said Heuser. "I consider it an honor to bring him to life like this and think it's one of the most wonderful things I think I've ever done."

Mondor had just completed his 34th year as PawSox owner when he passed away at age 85. He purchased the bankrupt franchise in 1977 and brought it to national prominence.